Sep 19, 2013

The End is the Beginning is the End is the Beginning is the...

I have lots to show and tell today. But I want to mention for the final time that there are still plenty of free prints of the Cooking with Cthulhu piece I did a while back. You can see it, and all of the details, over here.
Also, there's still a stack of the 100 Heads in 100 Days pieces looking for a home, you can find all of the pictures that are still available on this page.

I'm going to wait another week, then I will be mailing all of this stuff, as well as the Troll Witch prints, off to the people that put their names down for them.
Once this week is over, the Cthulhu prints will still be available, but the 100 Heads pieces will be archived. I will be doing this because I want to close that chapter and start up the new one. So go get your prints and Heads now while you still can!

Okay, on to other things...

The Galway Pub Scrawl's 4th Anniversary party took place on Monday the 16th. It was a great night with a whole crowd of folks there, dining on delicious treats and creating some fantastic arts and crafts. Donal Fallon, the boss of the whole thing, put up some pictures over on the Scrawl's blog, go check it out!
You'll notice that there's a picture of me holding up a new piece I am working on, here's the pic again-

This is the main illustration from the short story I wrote last week. I will be doing a post on this image once it is completed, resplendent with progress shots to show how I go about producing such a picture, look for that soon.

One of the Scrawlers, a cool artist by the name of Mary Lillis, had a special present for me that night-

Mary works at a print and design company called Printthat at Galway University. A little while back, I asked her if she could print me up some of the business cards I designed. She came through like a champ. They look fantastic and it's great seeing my first ever business cards in the flesh. Thanks Mez, I owe you one!

In other news, the two Stonemen I sculpted last week have only just yesterday gotten dry enough for me to even think about applying some paint. Here they are-

I haven't applied the varnish to them yet, I wanted to show off the painting without having to deal with reflections and such, even if they are still quite reflective without the varnish... I think they look pretty sweet, but I need to experiment on how to achieve the desired result quicker and more effectively. I have another couple of Stonemen drying on the racks as we speak, they will be painted up some time next week. I'd like to do a couple of these fellows a week. They're so much fun to sculpt and paint! As I get a better handle on the techniques required, I'll be adding things like moss and ivy, and I'll probably have a base of grass for them too.

Now all I have to do is come up with a name for them. I'm not too keen on 'Stonemen,' especially because, in this context, stone in the language of the people that made many of the actual standing stones, is men. So, in a way, this could be translated as Men-men. Maybe something like 'Hengemen' or 'Faerie Stones' would be better.

In other news...

I'm back at work now after that blissful holiday, so the activity will slow down a pinch in these parts. I'm still hoping to put up at least one post a week though, most likely two. Regular readers will be aware that I am not above promoting other artists and writers I like. I've been picking up some fantastic books over the couple of months and I would definitely like to share some of them here. I just grabbed Wayne Reynold's new art book the other day, and there's a new Frank Frazetta book out next month, so don't be surprised if the odd book review appears here.

Other than that, all my efforts are going into the Realms of Faerie. Not all of the work I share will be the big stuff, there's still space in my crazy schedule for the odd sketch and quick colour piece too. These may not even be Faerie related at all, I STILL love Fantasy art, and I want to keep that side of my art fresh and alive.

So here's to closing one chapter, and opening another!
See you soon.


christian said...

Phenomenal sculpting job! Those would look awesome on the game table.

Jay Penn said...

Thanks Christian, glad you like them. I'm hoping that by, say, November, once my sculpting skills improve, I'll look back at these guys and cringe at the sculpt job. One thing I have to work on is the eyes. I'm going to make little eyeballs out of the clay and dry them first, before adding them to the next attempt, that way it will retain its shape and I can do eyelids over them, I think this will help the overall look of the sculptures. Anybody got any other tips?

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